As our friends in Canada celebrate Thanksgiving today, it’s appropriate to look at the next of this year’s seasonals, 40261 Thanksgiving. The series of seasonal vignettes have been quite charming this year – will this continue the trend?
The front of the box shows the set, which is a series of mini builds. It looks to be a harvest theme as the builds are set in a golden countryside with blue skies and white puffy clouds in the background. There’s also a graphic of a pumpkin in the top right corner with an opportunity to write in gift and giftee names. The back of the box, like 40260 Halloween Haunt, shows a story through a series of panels. There’s an enterprising bird who has aspirations on some of the produce in the garden. But alas, the farmer is in the way and doesn’t seem incllned to donate to the bird’s dinner. However, the clever bird makes use of the scarecrow to startle the farmer so that he falls into a basket of fresh produce, which allows the bird access to his meal, all the while chuckling to himself.
There are two minifigs in the set: a farmer and a little girl. The farmer comes with a torso that’s been seen a few times over the past several years, but is very appropriate for his role. His mustachioed head was introduced in last years Fun in the Park pack and has been seen a few times so far this year. For headgear he has another appropriate choice – a cowboy hat (though the inventory describes it as a fedora) that has been found in some sets but hasn’t been incredibly common. His companion, the little girl, is wearing a red sweater with a white t-shirt decorated with stars underneath. The sweater has a nice wraparound closing with a bow. Her head is somewhat new, showing eyes that have been accentuated with long eyelashes and a shy smile, having only been seen twice before in Nexo Knights sets. Her legs are similarly in a rare colour, having only been seen in three sets since 2011. She has long hair, which almost seems to overwhelm her. The farmer has a pitchfork for an accessory, while the little girl has a pail with handle.
I’ve decided to use an orange background in honour of the harvest themed set. I’m not sure that I’ll use it again.